Name: Nina Collins
Home town: Leigh on Sea, Essex
Uni: University of Kent
Degree: English & American Literature
What is the purpose of a student newspaper?
A student newspaper (/website!) is a newspaper that is provided by the students, for the students of any given university or college. Its purpose is to provide news and features relevant to students and relevant to the specific university for which it covers, on a regular basis, keeping content interesting and dynamic, with the right balance between serious and essential, and fun and relevant.
How can people get involved?
People (for InQuire) can join online on the Kent Students’ Union page, and come along to our regular weekly meetings. They can also contact editors via our website, which lists all of our contact details.
What are the benefits of writing for a student publication?
There are usually opportunities for progressing to a role of responsibility within the society, such as an editor or executive role (e.g. Chairman or Newspaper Editor), which is an excellent addition to anyone’s CV, particularly for aspiring journalists or writers. It is a great way to meet like-minded people and start something new, and learn some new skills.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Only £5 for one academic year!
What kind of commitment do you have to give as a student writer or member of editorial?
We do expect commitment from our writers, since (particularly the newspaper) we have print deadlines to meet and the weekly meetings are a good chance to get more familiar with the editors and fellow writers. However, we do have a degree of flexibility and can do some article-arrangements purely via email where necessary.
Do many members go onto careers in journalism? Any famous journalists?
Writers do get a chance to do some high-profile interviews on occasion as well as some high-profile work experience: for example, at the Daily Mirror and even a placement for work experience for the London 2012 games in the Press section.
What is the best thing about being a member of a student newspaper?
The best part about being involved with a student newspaper is the combining of socialising and meeting a vast range of new people with the enhancement of your CV and finding out whether or not any one aspect of journalism is actually what you want to go on to do. Seeing your name on the by-line isn’t too bad, either!